TMD stands for temporomandibular joint disorder, and is also a term used to describe the issues that can stem from the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) not functioning properly. The jaw joint is constantly used, so any issues associated with it can get increasingly worse when not helped. Problems can stem from a misalignment of the teeth causing jaw issues, trauma to the jaw, excess tension in the nearby muscles. The bones that meet at this pivotal hinge are surrounded by cartilage and five different muscles, so issues can spread quickly.
The most common symptoms of TMD are:
TMD is a disorder that must be handled on a case by case basis. Through working with your dentist, we can establish what the issues are that are causing the TMD and then help correct them. Common methods to fix TMJ include:
The most common method for halting the continuing negative effects of TMJ is a custom nightguard. This mouth guard works to help keep the jaw in a normal position and prevents damage from being done by grinding teeth in the night or bruxism.
No matter what the cause of your TMD, Dental Care of Muskogee is committed to getting to the bottom of it and helping you and your jaw heal!